[ tuhch-ing ]
/ ˈtʌtʃ ɪŋ /


affecting; moving; pathetic: a touching scene of farewell.
that touches.


in reference or relation to; concerning; about: He wrote touching future plans.

Origin of touching

First recorded in 1250–1300; touch + -ing2

Related forms

touch·ing·ly, adverbtouch·ing·ness, nounun·touch·ing, adjective

Definition for touching (2 of 2)

Origin of touch

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English to(u)chen < Old French tochier < Vulgar Latin *toccāre to knock, strike, touch, of expressive orig.; (noun) partly continuing Middle English touche state or act of touching < Old French, derivative of tochier, partly derivative of the v.

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Examples from the Web for touching

British Dictionary definitions for touching (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtʌtʃɪŋ) /


evoking or eliciting tender feelingsyour sympathy is touching


on the subject of; relating to

Derived Forms

touchingly, adverbtouchingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for touching (2 of 2)


/ (tʌtʃ) /



Derived Forms

touchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective

Word Origin for touch

C13: from Old French tochier, from Vulgar Latin toccāre (unattested) to strike, ring (a bell), probably imitative of a tapping sound
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Medicine definitions for touching


[ tŭch ]


The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
Digital examination.

Related forms

touch•a•ble adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with touching


In addition to the idioms beginning with touch

  • touch and go
  • touch base with
  • touch bottom
  • touch down
  • touched by, be
  • touched in the head
  • touch off
  • touch on
  • touch up

also see:

  • common touch
  • finishing touch
  • hit (touch) bottom
  • in touch
  • lose one's touch
  • lose touch
  • not touch with a ten-foot pole
  • out of touch
  • put the arm (touch) on
  • soft touch
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